Dr. Lydia Emerencia is the Lieutenant-Governor of Bonaire since 2012. She was born in 1954 in Aruba en is of Bonairean descendant. Her father was born in Bonaire. She has various family members living on the island. She knows Bonaire well and has been here on many occasions. Mrs. Emerencia has many year of experience in education. Since 2010 she is the director of the Center for Research and Development at the University of Aruba, before that she was the rector of the same university. She has two academic titles: a Ph.D. from the Utrechtse School voor Bestuur en Organisatie, University of Utrecht (UU), and a PhD, AbD. from the Katholieke Universiteit of Nijmegen. She is the successor of Mr. mr. dr. Glenn A.E. Thodé who as of January 1st, has been functioning as the rector of the University of Aruba.